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I see your plan. You intend to walk up to that pretty filly standing over yonder, tip your cap and offer her your calling card, with the promise of gentlemanly conduct and perhaps a warm meal. But she’ll rebuff you, my good sir, because your beard smells musty. Fix this awkward situation with some beard oil, destined to make your beard smell manly, as it should. Beard oil is a leave-in conditioner that makes your beard look healthy and shiny, and adds a manly scent–think of it as a beard cologne. It’s different from beard conditioner, which you wash out during a shower. Beard oil often comes with jojoba oil and other natural oils that mimic a man’s natural follicle oils, making it easily absorbed by the skin to promote healthy, strong strands. I’ve also listed many other types below. Find a beard oil that suits you best, and it will become your new best friend.
The Best Beard Oils
I’ve tried dozens of different beard oils over the years to find my favorite brand. These are my favorites, which I’ve personally tested.
Grave Before Shave – Beard Oil Pack
Prospector Beard Oil
The Prospector beard oil by Burroughs is one of the oldest and most trusted brands of beard oil. It has some of the best beard oil reviews around. Its earthy scent gives your beard a rich, manly presence, and naturally it’s one of my favorites.
Bay Lime Beard Oil
I like the bottle design on this one, which comes with a nice pump action, making it easier to apply to the beard. After I finished this bottle of oil (which was great, by the way) I poured the other oils I experimented with into it, so I could reuse this unique bottle design.
New Beard Oils
I’m always on the lookout for new beard oils to share with you, so that you get a full picture of what’s available. Check out these new beard oil brands:
- Cedar & Eucalyptus Beard Oil
- Mountaineer Beard Oil – Timber
- OneDTQ Beard Oil
- BRO: Beard Rejuvenating Oil
- Woodsman Beard Oil
- Snake Oil Beard Oil
- Morocco Beard Oil (Very popular, often out of stock)
- Portland Beard Company Oil (Very popular, often out of stock)
- Prospector Co. Beard Oil (Very popular, often out of stock)
- Leven Rose Beard Oil – A new kid on the block!
Looking to create your own beard oil? Read my comprehensive beard oil recipe.
How to Use Beard Oil
So you found the perfect beard oil, but then you wonder: How exactly do I use beard oil? I get this question a lot. Beard oil, unlike beard balm or waxes, is already in liquid form. A little bit of oil tends to go a long way. Men will often run out of beard oil quickly, but with judicial use, you can make a 1oz vial of beard oil last many months.
I dedicated an article to this topic, complete with handy animated gifs. Let me sum up some of the things you should consider.
1) Don’t use too much
A beard that feels “oily” is no fun. Using too much beard oil can get in your mouth, make your food taste funny, stain your clothes, or get on your significant other when you lean in for a kiss. You want to lightly glaze your beard with the oil, and rub it in so that every strand can absorb it. If your beard feels oily or slick afterwards, then you probably used too much.
Take your beard oil and either apply it directly to your beard using an eyedropper, or pour a small amount in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together. Then, with your palms open, apply it to the outside of your beard, making sure to spread it around evenly. You don’t want oil to be too thick in some place and thin in others. To get an even spread, make sure you run your fingers through.
2) Make sure your beard is dry
A wet beard will interfere with the spreading of the oil (oil and water don’t mix!). Make sure your beard is dry. If you apply the oil after a shower, towel dry your beard vigorously , even the under beard, before applying the oil. This will help make sure you get even distribution on your beard.
3) Don’t forget the under-beard
It’s easy to nail the front of your beard and forget about the rest. One of the benefits of using beard oil is that it conditions your strands and your pores, and makes the strands less likely to form split ends and fairy knots. Your under-beard can benefit from this too.
When applying beard oil, make sure you bring your hands under the beard and stroke upwards to get your under beard.
4) Comb it out
When you’re confident that you’ve spread the beard oil out evenly, grab a beard comb and gently comb your beard to shape. Beard oil doesn’t hold a shape very well. If you want to maintain a certain shape, then I suggest you try some beard gloss. However, oil will give your beard weight and give it a nice sheen. Comb it out to brighten up this sheen and order un-orderly strands that will try to fly out here and there.
Beard Oil Recipe & Ingredients
Learn how to make beard oil! Now, while most beard oils have many of these ingredients, every beard oil uses different amounts of them. I can’t tell you how much of each ingredient to use–you need to experiment and discover a formula that you like best. I will, however, share my recipe that I like best. You need to decide what’s going to make your beard oil special to distinguish your magic from all of the others. Use jojoba oil as the base for your beard oil. Then, give various oils the smell test to find a combination you like best. Here is my favorite homemade recipe I have mustered together so far (if you’re making one 8 oz bottle, then a “part” in this recipe would be 1 oz):
- 5 parts jojoba oil - Jojoba oil is the de-facto oil for people with rough, wiry hair, which is why it is perfect for beards. This stuff makes your beard much smoother, glossier, and softer–plus it smells good too.
- 1 part sweet almond oil
- 1 part rosemary oil (this is the primary scent). Substitute this with cedar oil for a more rustic scent.
- 1 part hazelnut oil
When collecting oil samples to craft your own brand of beard oil, try this set of 14 different oils. It will give you many different scents to experiment with while saving you loads of money.
- 14 Oil Sampler Set – $44.95
Here is a collection of various beard oil ingredients I have experimented with in my beard oil recipe.
Beard Oil Ingredients:
Woods / Bushes
- Cedar Oil – Scent. Also helps with acne, and breathing problems.
- Clove Oil – Scent. Spicy, peppery.
- Sage Oil – Scent. Savory, peppery.
- Rosewood Oil – Scent. Warm, woody.
- Eucalyptus Oil – Herbal, woody scent. Soothes skin irritation.
- Lemongrass Oil – Strong scent, invigorating.
- Patchouli Oil – Warm, earthy aroma. Naturally repels insects without chemicals. Easily absorbed, locks in moisture.
- Cypress Oil – Sweet with warm overtones. Slight berry aroma.
- Tea Tree Oil – Therapeutic; used as a primary scent.
Nuts / Seeds / Beans
- Organic Hazelnut Oil - Helps prevent skin disorders, like acne or eczema.
- Sweet Almond Oil - Reduces skin inflammation, which can help prevent ingrown beard hairs.
- Organic Borage Seed Oil - Relieves dehydrated and super-sensitive skin
- Organic Grapeseed Oil - Helps reduce pore inflammation (due to dry skin or non-conditioned beard hairs).
- Hemp Seed Oil - Helps keep skin moist so beard hairs don’t become brittle.
- Organic Jojoba Oil - This is the most essential oil in beard oil. It mimics the properties of natural human skin oils and is therefore very easy to absorb by the skin. It helps condition pores and follicles.
- Argan Marrakesh Nut Oil – Makes skin soft and protects against signs of aging, including wrinkles and spots.
- Coconut Oil – Hydrating; reduces inflammation and locks in moisture.
Mints / Flowers
- Evening Primrose Oil - Helps cure skin conditions like psoriasis.
- Rosemary Oil - This oil is for fragrance. Rosemary imparts a rustic, leathery scent, which many associate favorably with beards. However, there are numerous other scents you can impart to your oil to make it unique. I won’t list them all here, but click on the Rosemary oil and you’ll see many other scented oils made by the same company, which is a great place to start.
- Vanilla Oil – Scent, softness.
- Peppermint Oil – Scent. Helps breathing, refreshes.
- Lavender Oil – Scent. Fresh, woody.
- Organic Avocado Oil - Helps keep skin wrinkle free (a bonus for beards!)
- Sweet Orange Oil – You know what this smells like. Sweet, citrus.
- Lime Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Peach Kernel Oil – Soothes skin; traditionally used to heal light wounds and chapped lips.
- Grapeseed Oil – Used for aromatherapy.
- Pure Emu Oil - Acts as a natural beard hair conditioner.
- Vegetable Glycerin – Used as a moisturizing agent in oils.
Once you complete your brand of beard oil, you’ll want to put it in a bottle. To do so, you’ll need some oil transfer pipettes and a mini-funnel. Here is a good selection of bottle packs, so you can distribute your home-made scent to your friends.
If you plan to make an oil just for your own enjoyment, then I suggest investing in a fancy bottle that you can reuse. This one is my favorite, due to its unique stopper:
That’s all there is to it gents! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, and please share with me your favorite beard oil.